Political campaigns in the United States are financed almost entirely with money raised by the candidates, their supporters and their political parties. President George W. Bush is showing how a sitting president can use public money to raise millions for his party's candidates.
For some reason, nothing--not the Iraq war, not the giveaways to oil companies--has made me want to evade paying my income taxes as much as this has. You know? Forcing us to pay not just for their policies but for their election campaigns?
But have I come back to earth, I mean, to the blogosphere, after a prolonged absence in order to depress and anger you? Well, yes.
I hear Jack Huberman's going to have a new book out in December or thereabouts. I so look forward to his books. My desert island books would include all of his, Shakespeare's complete works, and that's it. Actually, as a quasi-obsessive list-maker, why have I never listed my desert island books? I'll get on it.
"A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us."--Franz Kafka
"In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy."--Fran Lebowitz
"For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier...I put them in the same room and let them fight it out."--Steven Wright
"When there are too many policemen, there can be no liberty. When there are too many soldiers, there can be no peace. When there are too many lawyers, there can be no justice."--Lin Yutang